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Small country introducing plastic coins

By  Don Loepp    |    August 20, 2014 10:48 am ET    |   Comments

You've heard of countries adopting plastic currency, to replace paper money. How about plastic coins, to replace metal? It's hard to believe but true. The tiny republic of Transnistria is introducing composite coins that it claims are difficult to counterfeit.

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Plastics company CEO speaks out on immigration reform

By  Don Loepp    |    August 11, 2014 12:15 pm ET    |   Comments

Kevin Kelly, CEO of flexible packaging company Emerald Packaging Inc., has written a powerful story for the National Catholic Reporter about the need for immigration reform in the United States, and the impact of the current system on employers and workers.

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Toyota cutting its fabled 'andon' cord

By  Rhoda Miel    |    August 6, 2014 10:04 am ET    |   Comments

Toyota is cutting the cord. No, we're not talking about a cable TV bill, but potentially something much bigger when it comes to manufacturing trends.


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Coal-to-olefins may not be an immediate threat

By  Nina Ying Sun    |    July 31, 2014 10:56 am ET    |   Comments

China's coal-derived plastics are unlikely to form any substantial impact in the resin market in the near term, as new capacity projects are running into issues.

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Shaanxi Yanchang successfully launched polypropylene production on July 1.


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Who are the fastest growing pipe, profile and tubing extruders?

By  Don Loepp    |    July 28, 2014 3:09 pm ET    |   Comments

Question: What's the word on this week's Plastics News annual ranking of the top Pipe, Profile and Tubing extruders in North America? Answer: Up. Let's take a look at some of the numbers and trends from our respondents.

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Finding the important economic indicators

July 24, 2014 10:13 am ET    |   Comments

We sit down with Economics Editor Bill Wood to find some easy-to-understand economic indicators that are important for the plastics industry.


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Plastics industry blasted for stance in green building debate

By  Don Loepp    |    July 22, 2014 2:45 pm ET    |   Comments

The plastics industry has taken high-profile stance in the debate over green building standards. The result, today at least, is that it's getting some criticism.

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'Genericide' and plastic product trademarks

By  Don Loepp    |    July 21, 2014 10:52 am ET    |   Comments

Covering the plastics industry, we're constantly interviewing sources who talk about products using the trademarked names.

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Great idea: Family Day at the factory

July 10, 2014 12:14 pm ET    |   Comments

I have fond memories of seeing my parents on the job. The experience gave me a different angle on their lives, and it reinforced my own attitude on the importance of work.

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At the Arburg Family Day, children had the opportunity to assemble toy buggies that were molded in various colors.


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Great moments in plastics inventions: the pool noodle

July 8, 2014 10:44 am ET    |   Comments

Next time you're picking up some pool noodles for an outing to the pool or the lake, thank the Hartman family and Industrial Thermo Polymers Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario, who invented the noodle almost by accident.

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Pool noodle


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